Critically acclaimed stand up Evelyn Mok returns to the Edinburgh festival for the second time with her much anticipated new hour Bubble Butt, directed by Paul Byrne.
Evelyn spoke with The Fountain about her plans for Edinburgh as well as the inspiration behind the show.
TF: You are performing at the Edinburgh Fringe this year, how exciting?
Big Smiley Face!
TF: The show certainly sounds intriguing, what is the premise?
It’s about how I think that we need to be having more uncomfortable conversations. With everything that’s happened last year and how the climate is at the moment, I feel like we are evading topics that need to be hashed out.
TF: And what drove the project, where did your influences lie?
Just being an observer of the discourse online and everything that’s happened in the last year. I don’t engage online, so this show is sort of my comment on it.
TF: What are your plans for the Fringe, having been before are there any tips or musts you would offer to first-time performers?
THE FOOD! Edinburgh is such a great city for food. There is the Garlic pizza bread with Cheese at Moriarty’s at the bottom of the Pleasance, there is Dim sum at Saigon Saigon on St Andrew St, Ting Thai Caravan and Mosque Kitchen by Bristo Sq., 10 to 10 in Deli on Nicholson st. and Noodles and Dumplings on S. Clerk St. The best part is that Edinburgh is so small and walkeable so you can indulge and walk everything off.
Also, space out your shows, don’t aim to try and see six or more shows in a day, it will only make you tired and mushy in the head and will lead you to sit quietly in the audience by your sixth show even if you are appreciating it, which in turn will make the comedian on stage doubt every decision they’ve made in their life up until that point because they just can’t seem to get a response out of the audience.
TF: And what are your future plans beyond The Fringe?
I’ll hopefully have some down time for a week or so in September, but then it is back into some writing as I am currently developing a pilot and about to start up work on another one, as well as looking into getting a short film together. I’m very excited about them and looking forward to have some time to focus on them.
Evelyn Mok: Bubble Butt, Pleasance Courtyard – Bunker 1, 6pm, 4th – 26th August